A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
For love it's worth making sacrifices. "They say every marriage needs one divine intervention." "Communication is oxygen for relationships."
Positive Role Models
Both Meena and Sundar are earnest and bright.
The movie sets out to present Tamil culture in southern India but is mostly in Hindi rather than the Tamil language. Names and words are mispronounced, foods and clothes are uncharacteristic of the region, and most of the cast, while Indian, is non-Tamil. Women are to some degree limited to prescribed roles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two married adults kiss. They dress up in costumes to have a long-distance sexual encounter online, but are interrupted.
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Infrequent use of "s--t" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and some have hangovers. One vomits the next day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meenakshi Sundareshwar is an Indian romantic comedy with dancing, singing, and tech. Immediately after falling for each other in their arranged marriage, two young people must separate so he can take a job with a tech company that doesn't allow married employees. The separation strains the relationship. Dancing and singing ensue. Language is mild with the exception of infrequent use of the words "s--t" and "hell." Adults drink alcohol and some have hangovers. One vomits the next day. Two married adults kiss. They dress up in costumes to have a long-distance sexual encounter online, but are interrupted. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The expressive actors who play the title roles in Meenakshi Sundareshwar telegraph emotions more eloquently than the words in the uneven script. They fall in love at first sight, and many viewers will join right in. They persuade us that singing and dancing can break out at any moment and, when it does, each of them adds the joy of movement to the movie's assets.
But the narrative does get baggy in places. A good 50 minutes of its 140-minute running time could be eliminated and still leave behind a frothy Bollywood romp. Some viewers might be unaware of the many different cultures that coexist in India's vast geographical expanse. This film is set in the southern Tamil region, and some Tamil pundits view it as a caricatured Bollywood interpretation of South India's distinct culture. One observer notes that Tamil characters are often inserted in mainstream Indian films somewhat disrespectfully, for comic relief. Here, neither the leads nor a majority of the cast are Tamil, and social media posts complain that the movie is an inaccurate representation of South Indian culture, with wrong clothes, language, pronunciations, and casting.
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